Book Buzz: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw It’s not surprising that Deesha Philyaw’s story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a National Book Award finalist. Her writing is confident, moving, insightful and real. Each of the nine stories is deliberately and finely crafted. Philyaw (pictured) begins with an epigraph by southern poet Ansel … Read more

Episode 10: Riley Sweeney and Clyde Ford

Clyde Ford Think Black book cover and Riley Sweeney running

Local author Clyde Ford stops in to talk about Think Black, Dr. Ford’s memoir of his father which recently won the 2021 Washington Center for the Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction category. Also, City of Ferndale Communications Officer, Riley Sweeney discusses his role as “Roving Reporter” during Library Card Sign-up Month.   Book Recommendations Book … Read more

Let’s Practice – September 27 – October 1

THIS WEEK’S THEME: NIGHT Monday: Let’s Practice Talking Talk about how it’s getting dark out sooner now that it’s fall.   Ask your family to all make a wish on a star and share their wishes.   Tuesday: Let’s Practice Singing Sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with Laurie from the Sumas Library Wednesday: Let’s Practice Reading Read … Read more

WCLS offers voter registration events Sept. 28

September 28 is National Voter Registration Day. Join us.

As part of National Voter Registration Day, Whatcom County Library System is partnering with the League of Women Voters to host voter registration events from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Deming, Everson, North Fork (Kendall) and South Whatcom (Sudden Valley) libraries. Volunteers with Friends of the Library groups will also support the events. First celebrated in … Read more

WCLS hosts Birch Bay Library information sessions

Architect's rendering of Birch Bay Library

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) Executive Director Christine Perkins will host four online community meetings to share information and to answer questions about the proposed Birch Bay Vogt Community Library. Voters who live within the boundaries of the proposed Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) will vote Nov. 2 to determine if they will fund construction … Read more

Let’s Practice – September 20 – September 24

THIS WEEK’S THEME: FALL Monday: Let’s Practice Talking Walk and talk about all the leaves you see. How many different colored leaves can you find? What is the smallest and the largest? What sounds do they make? Tuesday: Let’s Practice Singing Sing “Standing Like a Tree” with Angelina from the Deming and North Fork Libraries … Read more

Episode 9, Library Card Sign-up Month & Mary Kinser and Emma Radosevich recommend books

Join the search for sasquatch. Find out how.

We hear part two of my interview with Mary Vermillion about Library Card Sign-up Month and then we do a speed round of book recommendations with our Collection Development Librarians Mary Kinser and Emma Radosevich. Also the Library of Things and more.  Library of Things Authors that Emma and Mary K. have met Audio books … Read more

Let’s Practice – September 13 – September 17

THIS WEEK’S THEME: BUILDING Monday: Let’s Practice Talking Walk and talk about the buildings you see.  Are they houses? Apartments? Stores? What other kinds of buildings are there? Talk about what kinds of shapes you see in the buildings?   How are the buildings the same and different? Tuesday: Let’s Practice Singing Sing “London Bridge is Falling Down.” … Read more

Book Buzz: The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-centered Planet by John Green What do Canada Geese, Diet Dr. Pepper, and the song “Auld Lang Syne” have in common? In the mind of author John Green, these disparate topics become pitch-perfect prompts for essays exploring life in the Anthropocene, the current geologic age defined by human activity’s … Read more

Let’s Practice – September 6 – September 10

THIS WEEK’S THEME: HARVEST Monday: Let’s Practice Talking Describe the process of how things grow. What can you grow? What does it need to grow? While cooking together, ask your child(ren) what ingredients you have. Does it come from a tree? A bush? Is it pulled from the ground? Tuesday: Let’s Practice Singing Sing “Bananas … Read more